According to a report by analyst firm Berg Insight, 50 percent of all homes in the United States will be considered "smart" by 2026. This amounts to over 74 million homes in the U.S. The demand for smart home technology is growing, and more homeowners are thinking about making their homes smarter.
With all this interest and demand for smart home automation, there are still a lot of things the average consumer doesn't know about home automation. There are also a few common misconceptions people have about smart home automation. We’re here to clear up some of the confusion and dispel some of these myths.
These are the five most common myths about smart home automation.
Myth: Having a few smart devices makes your home smart.
Many customers think they have a smart home because they own a few devices they purchased from Amazon. But, what they often have is a bunch of smart devices that don’t work together. Plus, their home may not have any automation at all. For example, if you purchase a smart lock, this doesn’t make your home smart or automated. Even if you purchase a smart doorbell or a smart garage door opener to go with it, this is still not the same as having a “smart home”.
Fact: What makes a smart home a smart home, is the ability to control all the connected devices through one integrated system. The true definition of a smart home is a home where:
The devices all work together and can be controlled through one system.
The devices in the home can be controlled remotely through Wifi. This is why they call smart homes “connected homes”
The home can be automated. For example, the lights may turn off automatically at a certain time or the doors lock automatically when you leave for work.
The technology behind a truly automated home requires more than just having a few smart devices. If you are interested in having an automated smart home, Control4 is one of the best ways to get started. Control4 works with thousands of brands and is a leading provider of smart home technology for homes. It is easy for consumers to use and you can automate your entire home with a Control4 system
Myth: You have to be a techie to use smart home automation.
This is one of the biggest myths we hear about. While it’s true, use if you’re trying to create your own DIY smart home, figuring out what you need and how to use the devices can be quite confusing and complicated. But a professionally installed smart home system is actually quite easy to u se.
Fact: When you work with our team at SmartVolt, we make smart home automation easy. Think... So easy, grandma can use it. As a matter of fact, your grandma may want to use it. We can design a customized system to meet your needs, and show you how to use it. With Control4, you can get started with as many features as you want or with just a few, and it’s very easy to operate. Anyone can use it.
Myth: A smart home is easy to hack
Some people worry that smart technology makes your home more hackable and less secure than a traditional home. They worry that a hacker can easily break into their smart home network and control their devices or gain access to their data. A professionally installed smart home system like Control4 is safer and more secure than a traditional home. With Control4 you can monitor your home remotely, as well as get real-time alerts sent to your phone in the event of an emergency.
Fact: Cheap knock-off smart devices are easily hacked. If you are concerned about security, we recommend steering away from DIY devices and knock-off products. There are many risks and vulnerabilities associated with knock-off brands and DIY smart devices. This is why we always recommend having your smart home system, professionally installed. We recommend Control4 products. They are a leader in smart home technology and continuously update their security practices and software to ensure that your home and data are safe from hackers.
Myth: You can’t add home automation to an older home.
Many people mistakenly believe that if they want a smart home, they need to buy a new or a newer home. They worry that upgrading an existing older home will cost too much money or that a smart home system will be too difficult to install in their home.
Fact: You can have a complete smart home system installed even if your home is older. The purpose of a smart home system is to have all of your technology integrated into one system. There’s more than one way to accomplish this. It’s true that many new homes are being built with wiring in place, which provides a more reliable network. But even in older homes, you can still have a completed smart home system designed to work wirelessly.
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We recommend Control4 to most homeowners because it's powerful and flexible. It has tons of options and gives our clients the most bang for their buck. It has the power to do everything you need. You can start with one or two features and add more features to your system later.
Myth: Smart home technology is not a great investment.
As popular as smart devices are, and millions of Americans are interested in upgrading their home to smart homes, this myth still persists. Some people think smart home automation is just a geeky luxury and it’s not really worth the investment.
Fact: Smart home lovers agree, that smart home automation is a worthwhile investment. Smart homes are in demand and Control4 is a relatively affordable solution for anyone interested in upgrading their home. The benefits of smart home technology include more than just energy efficiency and increasing the value of your home. They also provide peace of mind, convenience, security, and free up your time. It’s estimated that home automation can provide you with an extra 30 minutes each day. Time is hard to quantify in dollars, but for the folks that have automated their home, it’s well worth the investment.
Get started with Control4 Today
If you’re interested in making your home smarter, we recommend starting with Control4. No matter what type of home you have, we can help you design a complete smart home system with all the features you want. Contact SmartVolt today at 505-903-6911 to find out more about the Control4 system and adding smart technology to your home.